By Kelvin Utebor
The Nigerian Police have denied involvement in the accident that claimed the lives of a mother and child in Warri, Wednesday.
This was contained in a statement signed by DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State Command, Asaba.
According to the statement, “The Delta State Police Command wish to put the records straight in respect of the ugly incident that occurred today being 20/1/2021 at about 13:40hrs along PTI Express Way in Effurun, Uvwie LGA of Delta State where a multiple fatal motor/tricycle accident occurred.”
“The accident involved a Mercedes Tipper with Reg. No. WWR 425 ZR loaded with granite, a Toyota Camry car with Reg. No. AKD 403 FM and a Tricycle Reg. No. yet unknown, all moving in the same direction and Police vehicle was never involved.”
“Two passengers conveyed by the Tricycle a woman and a baby girl died on the spot and other passengers were injured.”
“The Delta State Police Command deeply sympathizes with the families of the deceased and the injured persons and equally frowns at the unjust treatment meted to Police officers who went to rescue the victims by members of the public, they went as far as burning the Police patrol vehicle that came for the rescue operation.“
“The Perpetrators of this dastardly act will be brought to book.”
“The Command also wishes to inform the general public that neither Operation Delta Hawk nor Ebrumede patrol vehicle was involved as speculated earlier.” The statement read.
Meanwhile the Delta State Governor, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa has ordered the immediate investigation into the death of a Mother and her daughter in Warri on Wednesday.
Governor Okowa gave the order in a statement through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, and made available to newsmen on Wednesday evening.
Okowa charged police authorities in the state to commence urgent and accelerated investigation into the circumstances that led to the loss of lifes.
The statement said, “the sad news of the death of a woman and her daughter in a rather bizarre circumstance in Warri on Wednesday is quite unfortunate and disheartening.
“I condoled with the deceased’s family on the loss of their loved ones, and assured that everyone involved in the processes that led to the incident would be brought to book.
“Deltans, especially the people of Warri should remain calm, law-abiding, and allow the government and law enforcement agencies to take necessary steps to address the situation”.
The governor also charged the police to ensure that law and order prevailed in the area.